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Superconducting technologies for energy conversion

   Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

About the Project

In order to achieve net zero by 2050, a paradigm shift in energy conversion technologies is needed. Superconductors are a key enabling technology to realize a zero carbon future. Some emerging technologies include superconducting motors and drives for zero emission propulsion, superconducting cables for renewable energy integration and superconducting magnets for fusion.

An enthusiastic PhD student is invited to join the Applied Superconductivity Group to conduct research in the design, construction and testing of superconducting technologies for energy conversion. The student will work with key industry partners in aviation and energy industry throughout the PhD project and also have chance to conduct internship at industry to gain industrial experience. The student will get access to Strathclyde’s recently established state-of-art Applied Superconductivity Lab facility which includes various low temperature cryostat (10K-77K), high power supplies (up to 100kW), high precision measurement systems and access to real-time digital simulators via hardware-in-the-loop facility. The student will work in a collegiate and friend team within the Applied Superconductivity Group. During the course of the project, In the past 5 years, the group members have won various prestigious prizes including the Jan Evetts SUST Award 2017 and the IEEE Van Duzer Prize 2014. More details can be found at http://www.htspropulsion.com

The student will be part of the Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) at the University of Strathclyde which has established an international reputation in electrical power engineering research https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/electronicelectricalengineering/instituteforenergyenvironment/ The EEE Department hosts over 270 researchers in state-of-the-art facilities including the Technology and Innovation Centre and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/powernetworksdemonstrationcentre/ . The latter offers an HV/LV MW-scale power networks test bed for industry-scale systems testing. These facilities are utilised by a significant number of industrial partnerships and programmes, including the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Electrical Power Systems.

The candidate is expected to have a first class master level degree in relevant subject which includes but are not limited to Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Physics, etc. Applicant with previous research experience and publication record in power systems, power electronics and applied superconductivity are particularly welcome. The candidate is expected to provide three independent references. 

The studentship is for UK/EU and International students. It offers a fee waiver and an annual stipend for three-years. The application needs to have first class MEng or MSC degrees in the subject of electrical engineering, ideally with a background of power electronics, mechanical engineering and materials.

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